A memorial service for Kathryn Grace Bosher (14 September 1974 - 23 March 2013), will be held on 4 May 2013, 11 am, at Ennismore Cemetery in Ennismore, Ontario.
It is with profound sadness that we learned of the death, from metastatic lung cancer, of Kathryn (Kate) Grace Bosher on Saturday, 23 March. Kate took her BA (1997) and MA (1998) in Classics at the University of Toronto before going on to complete her PhD (2006) in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. The Globe and Mail published the following obituary on 27 March.
Kathryn Grace (Kate) Bosher, of Evanston, IL, born on September 15, 1974, in Toronto, Ontario, died on March 23, 2013 after a battle with cancer. The beloved wife of LaDale Winling, mother of Ernest Winling; daughter of John Bosher and K. Cecil (Berry) Bosher; sister of George Henry Francis (Hal), Sylvie, and Lise Bosher. Having been inspired by a Latin teacher at Branksome Hall and travel through Greece in her youth, Kate studied Classics a the University of Toronto, earning a BA, followed by an MA while a fellow at Massey College and a PhD in Classics at the University of Michigan. She researched the ancient origins of comedy in Sicily and Southern Italy and traveled to nearly every known excavated theater in Sicily. In 2006, Kate joined the faculty of Classics at Northwestern University where she taught Greek and Latin courses and recently published an edited volume on theater in the ancient Greek world outside of Athens.
As a teen, Kate rowed with Canada's junior national rowing team, participating in the 1991 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain. A competitive sculler in graduate school, she won the Royal Canadian Henley championship women's single scull and the women's elite single scull at the U.S. Rowing National Championship Regatta in 2004.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kathryn Bosher Award, Classics Department, Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen's Park, University of Toronto, M5S 2C7 or write to
Congratulations to Megan Campbell (PhD - 4), Susan Bilynkyj Dunning (PhD - 3), and Janet Mowat (PhD - 4) on their receipt of CAMWS Outstanding Student Awards, 2013. Megan Campbell was recognized for her superb contributions to departmental service during our recent job searches; Susan Dunning for the importance of her contribution to our understanding of the Roman ludi saeculares in her major field examination research; and Janet Mowat for her exemplary contributions to the Department's teaching mission through her leadership in the WIT program.
Congratulations to Jen Oliver (PhD - 2) on her receipt of the Graduate Student Paper Award from the Lambda Classical Caucus of the APA for her paper: "Oscula iungit, nec moderata satis nec sic a virgine danda: the Callisto episode in Ovid's Metamorphoses and the typology of female homoeroticism." Jen delivered the paper at the conference Romosexuality: The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western homosexual Identities (Durham University, April 2012).
Graduate Student Conference Department of Classics University of Toronto April 20-21, 2013
Keynote speakers: Lisa Nevett, University of Michigan Gábor Betegh, Central European University
The interplay between culture and space in ancient thought is manifested in many ways. Not only are artistic and literary features envisioned and understood in spatial terms, but physical spaces are also imagined and explored through cultural expression. This interaction is found in all forms of the representation of spaces—textual, verbal, pictoral, architectural. Alex Purves' recent study of space and narrative highlights this approach, "Plot's spatial legacy is pervasive in ancient Greek thought, where songs might be conceived as pathways, logoi as routes, writing as the movement of oxen turning back and forth across a field with a plough..., narratives as pictures or landscapes, and plots even as living creatures that take up set areas of space."
As scholars of Classical antiquity, we find ourselves at the mercy of representation to shape and inform our understanding of spaces—landscapes, buildings, voyages, rooms—which are no longer knowable by any other means. At the same time, our understanding of cultural expression is often enriched by our ability to comprehend it in spatial terms.
We invite graduate students working in any area of Classical studies (such as literary criticism, history, archaeology, science, philosophy, social history and philology) to submit papers exploring the various means by which space was represented in antiquity. How was space conceived, constructed, and defined in the Greek and Roman worlds? How were differences in spaces and places articulated? How was their use represented?
Some further possible themes to explore include:
Abstraction: How is space conceptualised in ancient sciences such as geometry, astronomy, geography, and astrology?
Scale: How do cartographic or proto-cartographic representations negotiate issues related to the size of the subject? (The microcosm and the miniature.)
Rhetoric: How do the spaces and places invoked function in discourse? How do particular ritually, historically or mythologically relevant places resonate in various genres?
Mobility: What is the affect of movement through space? How do travel and representations of real or imagined journeys articulate differences and universalities? (Ethnography, alterity, regional specificity. )
Polarities: What frequently appearing dichotomies are built on spatial concepts? (Public & private, home & away, liminal & centripetal.)
Formalities: What formal techniques do poets, painters and other ancient artists employ to represent and construct space and places? (Ekphrasis, pastoral, space as literary trope.)
We ask that abstracts of no more than 300 words be submitted as email attachments (.doc/.pdf) to
no later than January 28th, 2013. Papers will be allotted 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Conference funding provided by the University of Toronto’s Department of Classics and the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP).